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In each lesson of this 25-part series, you'll encounter a common question that English learners come across, and then learn how to answer like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases works by breaking them down into each component. Then, through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “How are you?”
Eric: How are you?
Becky: The first word in the question is
Eric: how
Becky: meaning “in what way, the way in which” in English.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) how
Becky: Listen again and repeat.
Eric: how
{Pause}
Becky: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Eric: are
Becky: meaning “to exist.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) are
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: are
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the the first two words of the question and repeat.
Eric: how are
{pause}
Becky: Next is
Eric: you
Becky: This means the person you're talking to.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) you
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: you
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Eric: How are you?
{pause}
Becky: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How are you?”
Eric: I'm fine.
Becky: "I'm fine.” Listen to it one more time, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Eric: (Slow) I'm fine.
{pause}
Becky: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is
Eric: I’m
Becky: the contraction of “I am.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) I’m
Becky: Now repeat
Eric: I’m
{Pause}
Becky: And after that is
Eric: fine
Becky: meaning “very good.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) fine
Becky:Now repeat.
Eric: fine
{Pause}Becky: Listen to the speaker say “I'm fine” and then repeat.
Eric: I’m fine.
{pause}Becky: To use a different phrase, replace “fine” with “so-so.”
Eric: so-so
Becky: “so-so” which means “okay”
Eric: (slow) so-so (regular) so-so
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “so-so.”
Eric: I'm so-so.
Becky: It mostly stays the same; simply replace “fine” with “so-so.” Say “I'm so-so.”
{pause}
Eric: I'm so-so.
Becky: To express a different feeling, replace “so-so” with “pretty good.”
Eric: pretty good
Becky: “pretty good.” It means “quite good.”
Eric: (slow) pretty good (regular) pretty good
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “pretty good.”
Eric: I'm pretty good.
Becky: Again, it’s almost the same, we just replace “so-so” with “pretty good.” Let’s practice. Say “I'm pretty good.”
{pause}
Eric: I'm pretty good.
Becky: For more practice, replace “pretty good” with “wonderful.”
Eric: wonderful
Becky: “wonderful” means “excellent.”
Eric: (slow) wonderful (regular) wonderful
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “wonderful.”
Eric: I’m wonderful.
Becky: It’s almost the same, we just replace “pretty good” with “wonderful.” Now say, “I'm wonderful.”
{pause}
Eric: I’m wonderful.
Becky: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting the United States and someone asks you how you are. You’re fine. How would you answer?
Eric: How are you? (five seconds) I’m fine.
Becky: Now imagine you’re so-so. Respond to the question.
Eric: How are you? (five seconds) I'm so-so.
Becky: Imagine you’re good. Answer the speaker's question.
Eric: How are you? (five seconds) I'm pretty good.
Becky: Imagine you're wonderful. What do you say?
Eric: How are you? (five seconds) I’m wonderful.
Becky: You want to ask someone how they’re doing. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Eric: How are you?
{pause}
Becky: Now it's time to answer the question with how you’re actually feeling.
Eric: How are you?
{pause}
Becky: This is the end of Lesson 16.

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Hello Hla Thandar Win,


I'm well thanks!


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Hla Thandar Win
Sunday at 10:59 PM
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How are you?

I'm pretty good.

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Hello Emilsa,


Thanks for your question!


The correct way to ask this is: "How are you?" 😄


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Emilsa Selva
Friday at 01:39 PM
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When you say “ how you are?” Or how are you”? Meaning the same ?

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Hello Sayed,


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sayed parwiz
Friday at 03:39 AM
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Hello i'm sayed parwiz when can we use so-so in informal or formal conversation thanks

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Hi Tomi,


Thank you for posting. You could also answer "so-so" if you are not feeling that good.

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Tomi
Monday at 05:10 AM
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How are you ? This question is fun . even something is wrong nobody answer different like all right . So .. I'fine thank you

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Hello Ventsislav,


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Ventsislav
Tuesday at 11:37 PM
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How are you?

- I'm fine

- I'm very well.

- I'm pretty good.

- I'm wonderful.


I'm never been better, because I'm learning English.